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The Australian surfer was struck by the shark from behind and knocked into the water as he sat on his board waiting his turn during the JBay Open in Jeffrey's Bay in the Eastern Cape Province.Fanning said at first he swam away but then decided to defend himself and turned to punch the shark in the back.Fanning's mother, Elizabeth Osborne, who watched the incident live on television in Australia, wept as she told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio the attack was "the worst thing I've ever seen happen to any of my family because it was just there in front of me.Commentator Ross Williams said there are occasionally shark sightings in and around events but an actual attack was very unusual.
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